The Arizona Diamondbacks, winners of two straight games despite a slew of key injuries to the team, has decided to make some rosters moves. After two outings of facing five batters and not retiring a single one, left-handed reliever Joe Paterson was optioned to AAA Reno and right-hander Jonathan Albaladejo, who appeared once since being called up, was designated for assignment.
To replace them on the roster, lefty Mike Zagurski and right-hander Joe Martinez were called up from Reno.
Zagurski almost made the team out of spring training, but was caught in a numbers game. He pitched very well and has continued to do so in AAA, holding left-handed batters to a .100 average and allowing only two runs in nine innings. He had an eight-appearance scoreless streak.
Zagurski has had some major league experience, but not much.
Martinez was rumored to be a candidate to start for the injured Daniel Hudson. In three starts for Reno, he was 0-1 with a 4.42 ERA.
Martinez has started six games in the big leagues and pitched 12 times in relief.
Zagurski will get a shot to fill the left-handed specialist role that Paterson filled. Martinez' role is uncertain right now. Manager Kirk Gibson has not said whether Wade Miley will make another start, but he cannot pitch in the bullpen for the next few days because he started. For now, it looks like Martinez will fill the long-relief role and he may be called upon to start in a pinch if the team decides that it is best served with Miley coming out of the bullpen.
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